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Nationals and Labor didn’t sign Clarence anti-mining pledge

The Clarence Catchment Alliance (CCA) have been seeking the support of all candidates running for the seat of Clarence...

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Election 2023 – Clarence: Nicki Levi

As a former teacher and Education and Training coordinator Independent Nicola Levi believes that Independent representation for the seat is essential to get the best outcomes for Clarence's constituents considering the corrupt history of the Liberal, National, and Labor parties in NSW. 

Janelle’s four year road to the 2023 vote

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Janelle Saffin's win in the seat of Lismore and with not a minute to celebrate, Saffin spoke to The Echo about the 2023 campaign.

Saffin MP’s community election commitments

Sitting Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, has announced election commitments aimed at what she says is making local communities safer, keeping public schools open, protecting our natural environment, and removing a costly regulation from one local government area.

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Lismore candidate Matthew Bertalli

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Seat of Lismore has 1,000 new constituents after Electoral Commission redistribution

There are about 1,000 new constituents in the Byron Shire hinterland who at this Saturday’s election come into the Electorate of Lismore because of a NSW Electoral Commission redistribution.

Like many single parents living in the shire, I have recently been given notice on my rental and forced back into the overpriced rental market. With two school-aged children in my care, a boy aged 17 and a girl aged 10, I require an affordable three bedroom home in the vicinity of their schools. The problem is that the rents on three-bedroom homes in this area are absurdly overpriced and with asking prices between the $400 and $500 mark for anything half decent it is virtually impossible to live alone with my children.

If I were to share with someone else, we could get a mansion in the hills, equipped with swimming pool and lawn maintenance for approximately $600 per week ($300 each).

However, not all of us want to share with strangers and it isn’t fair or right that we are forced to do so.

With so many single parents living in the shire, it is about time that something was done to address the issue of affordable housing.

At one end of the spectrum you have affordable luxury housing for two people paying the rental but at the other end it is impossible to get a rental property under $400 that is not damp, dark and disgusting.

Through no fault of our own, we are about to be made homeless because there just isn’t anything affordable (under $350 pw) and this will no doubt have devastating repercussions on my children, especially my son who is doing the HSC.

It is the lower-end housing prices that need to be adjusted so that single parents like myself can afford to live in a half-decent home and not spend 80 per cent of our incomes on overpriced rent.

Misha Sim, Clunes


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